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Japanese Studies Fellowship Programme

This programme provides outstanding scholars, researchers and PhD candidates in the fields of Japanese Studies, the humanities and the social sciences with opportunities to conduct research in Japan.

There are three sub categories:

1. Scholars and Researchers (60 days - 12 months)

For academics working in the field of Japanese studies, the humanities and the social sciences. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application. A named affiliate in Japan is also required at the time of application.

2. Scholars and Researchers (Short-term) (21 -59 days)

For academics working in the field of Japanese studies, the humanities and the social sciences who need to conduct intensive research in Japan. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application.

3. Doctoral Candidates (4 - 12 months)

For doctoral candidates working in the field of Japanese Studies, the humanities and social sciences who are in the closing stages of their Ph.D. and who need to undertake fieldwork in Japan in order to complete their dissertation/thesis. A named affiliate in Japan is required at the time of application.

Grant Coverage:

  • Round-trip airfare to Japan
  • Stipend to cover living expenses and other allowances

Applications for FY 2017-18 are now closed

Tentative dates for FY 2018-19 programme:

  • Applications available: Mid-September on the programme list on our Tokyo site (TBC)
  • Application Deadline: Early December 2017 (TBC)
  • Notification of Results: April 2018 (TBC)
  • Project Duration: Research trips must commence during FY 2018-19 (TBC)

Applicants residing in the UK with UK nationality or permanent residency should apply directly to the London office. Other applicants residing in the UK may apply directly to the Tokyo office as long as their country of origin has diplomatic relations with Japan. US citizens residing in the UK without UK permanent resident status should submit their applications on-line via the website of the Japan Foundation, New York (please note that a different deadline applies to US applicants).

For further information, please contact Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb or go to the programme list on our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

Grant Recipients 2016-17

Doctoral Candidates

Mr Ben Epstein, University College London - Topic of Research:
Disaster Mental Health in Japan: Anthropological Perspectives

Ms Nathalie Phillips, University of Edinburgh - Topic of Research:
The Epistemological Significance of Meta-physical Beliefs within the Socio-political Context of Heian Japan


Grant Recipients 2015-16

Short-Term Scholars and Researchers

Dr Sharon Kinsella, University of Manchester - Topic of Research:
Male Reaction: A Collaborative art film and anthropology project


Click here to view more past recipients of this programme.

Grant Programme for Intellectual Exchange Conferences

This programme provides grants to non-profit making organisations (e.g. institutions of higher education, research centres, think tanks, NGO/NPOs, cultural organisations) wishing to carry out international intellectual collaborative projects such as international conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops.

The theme of the project must address challenges that concern both Japan and other countries, and participants from Japan must play a significant role in the dialogue.

Some examples of eligible themes include ageing population and low birth rate, environment and energy, the influence of science and technology on society, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, democracy and governance, and the role of culture in diplomacy and international relations. Themes that involve the sharing of information and experience gained as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake such as disaster prevention, reconstruction and restoration, and community redevelopment are also eligible

Grant coverage:

Part of the following expenses:

  • Travel expenses (international airfares and other transportation expenses, daily allowances and accommodation fees)
  • Honoraria (for presenters, lecturers, interpreters, etc.)
  • Other expenses (for venues, equipment, materials, public relations, etc.)

Applications for FY 2017-18 are now closed

Tentative dates for FY 2018-19 programme:

  • Applications available: Mid-September 2017 on the programme list on our Tokyo site (TBC)
  • Application Deadline: Early December 2017 (TBC)
  • Notification of Results: April 2018 (TBC)
  • Project Duration: Projects must be implemented and completed during FY 2018-19 (TBC)

For further details on this programme and application forms either contact Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

UK Grant Recipients 2016-17

University of Stirling - a grant towards 'Japan Week and Lecture Series 2017'

The London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Sciences - a grant towards 'Contemporary Japan Speaker Series'


UK Grant Recipients 2015-16

Japan Research Centre, SOAS, University of London - a grant towards the symposium: 'Shifting Perspectives on Media and Materials in Early Modern Japan'

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) - a grant towards the UK-Japan lecture series 'Tokyo Futures: 1868-2020'


Click here to view more past recipients of this programme.

Grant Programme for Japanese Studies Projects

This new programme is designed to promote Japanese studies overseas by providing grants to non-profit organisations such as higher education institutions and research institutions that are implementing Japanese Studies activities.

Eligible projects must fall into any of the following four categories:

  • Projects that contribute to the development of Japanese Studies through education, research, training, conferences, publications, resource acquisition, etc.
  • Survey projects on Japanese Studies
  • Projects that disseminate and exchange information on Japanese Studies
  • Projects that contribute to raising awareness of Japanese Studies and/or of Japan

Grant coverage:

Part of the following expenses:

  • Travel expenses (international airfares and other transportation expenses, daily allowances and accommodation fees)
  • Honoraria (for lecturers, collaborators, interpreters, etc.)
  • Meeting expenses (for venues, equipment, etc.)
  • Other expenses (for printing, materials, etc.)

*The average grant amount for FY 2017 is expected to be between JPY 500,000 and JPY 1,000,000

Applications for FY 2017-18 are now closed

Tentative dates for FY 2018-19 programme:

  • Applications available: Mid-September 2017 on the programme list on our Tokyo site (TBC)
  • Application Deadline: Early December 2017 (TBC)
  • Notification of Results: April 2018 (TBC)
  • Project Duration: Projects must be implemented and completed during FY 2018-19 (TBC)

For further details on this programme and application forms either contact Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

Support Programme for Organisations in Japanese Studies

This programme offers support in a range of areas including Staff Expansion, Visiting Professorship, Library Support, Publication Support, and Network Support. We are currently supporting:

  • Staff Expansion - In recent years we have supported:
    • The creation of the post of Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Edinburgh.
    • The creation of the post of Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Newcastle University.
    • The creation of the post of Lecturer in Japanese Artistic Heritage at the University of East Anglia.
    • At SOAS we are currently supporting the post of Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

  • Network Support - We continue to support the Annual Conference of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS).

If you would like further information, please contact Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb.

Japan Foundation London Grant Programme (Japanese Studies & Intellectual Exchange)

This programme is designed to provide grant assistance to projects (e.g. lectures, workshops, conferences) in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences that have a significant Japan element, or involve collaboration with Japanese researchers/practitioners.

Projects must take place in the UK to be eligible for support and applications can only be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in the UK.

Priority:

Priority will be given to projects that fall under one or more of the following descriptions:

  1. Projects that will bring together researchers/ practitioners from a variety of disciplines and sectors that are relevant to Japan
  2. Projects organised by, and/or involving core participation by, early career researchers/ practitioners
  3. Projects that will nurture diverse interests in Japan among future generations in the UK

Applications for preliminary project development will be considered as long as such projects include some of the above elements.

Grant coverage:

Only specific items such as travel expenses, honoraria, venue hire, printing/publicity costs etc. which are deemed to be essential in order to carry out the project.

Successful applicants may be granted up to £3000. As successful applicants will not necessarily be granted the full requested amount, applicants are strongly encouraged to secure additional funding from their own organisation and elsewhere.

Application Deadline:

No deadline, but applications must reach our office at least two months before the start of the project.

For further details on this programme please click here or contact Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb

Recently this programme has supported the following projects:

2015-16

J-PATS, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge - Second Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-Modern Palaeography

University of Manchester - Digitalisation of Japanese Maps at the John Ryland’s Library

SEAS, University of Sheffield - Nurturing Communities and Bridging Divides in Japanese Political Studies: A One-Day Celebration of Professor Glen Hook’s Contribution to Japanese Studies

Study Support Programme (Past Programme)

This programme provided for a number of travel grants to help those wishing to further their research, in the field of Japanese Studies/Intellectual Exchange, in Japan.

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for this programme.

In recent years this programme has supported the following individuals

2015-16

Mr James White - Topic of Research: Understandings of Gender in Japanese Beer Advertising 1950-1996

Dr Matthew Shores - Topic of Research: Rakugo’s Negotiation of Militarism During the World War II Years, 1937-1945

Mr Daisuke Wakisaka - Topic of Research: The contribution and determinants of highly skilled migrants in Japan and the UK

Ms Marcela Aragüez Escobar - Topic of Research: Spatial Uncertainty. Adaptable and Indeterminate Architecture in the Post-War Period in Japan and Britain

Ms Motoko Akashi - Topic of Research: Contesting Invisibility: Japanese Celebrity Translators and the Impact of their Fame

Dr Jim King – Topic of Research: A comparative study of Japan and UK undergraduates’ tolerance of silence in education contexts’